Baltimore (68-77) at Minnesota (86-61)

  • Game info: 1:20 pm EDT Sat Sep 18, 2004
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Brad Radke looks to continue his recent run of dominant pitching as the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins continue a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at the Metrodome.

While Minnesota ace Johan Santana has been grabbing most of the attention during the Twins’ push toward a third straight division title, Radke has quietly established himself as one of the stronger No. 2 starters in the league.

The veteran right-hander is unbeaten in his last three starts, surrendering just two runs and 17 hits over 22 innings.

On Monday, Radke yielded a run and seven hits over seven innings in a 5-3 victory over Detroit for his sixth victory in seven decisions since July 16. Radke struck out six and did not walk a batter for the second straight game.

Despite another strong outing, Radke was less than satisfied with his performance Monday.

“I felt a little off. The results were there,” Radke said. “But I didn’t have command of my fastball. Had command of my changeup, that’s it.”

The Twins had their nine-game winning streak snapped in Friday’s series opener as Larry Bigbie drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Orioles to an 11-2 rout. Bigbie had an RBI double in the fifth, then capped a pair of five-run innings with a three-run double in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh.

Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro belted his 548th career homer, tying Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the all-time list. With a two-run shot off the upper deck in right, Palmeiro reached 20 homers for the 14th straight season, matching a feat previously accomplished by Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Eddie Mathews and Schmidt.

The Orioles have won three of four.

The Twins suffered their first loss since a 4-1 setback at Baltimore on Sept. 6.

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D. Cabrera CIN vs. B. Radke MIN
12-8 Record 11-8
5.00 ERA 3.48
76 K 143
89 BB 26
1.58 WHIP 1.16